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Old 10th of August 2012 (Fri)   #1
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Default Once again, I am the Honey Provider :D - A very happy insect.

Once again I captured a visitor to our home. This time a Helophilus Trivittatus Hover Fly (Male). This guy was a large one. Almost as large as the Drone flies that seem to have invaded our garden.

Having captured it within a glass, I once again set to providing a small droplet of honey on a sheet of white paper. Placing the glass over it, I waited about a minute before the hover found the honey and gorged itself.

Firstly a cheeky little shot in the glass.



Then a variation of shots. Sorry there's so many but when you have such a compliant subject, you take liberties.



The next two, you can see a couple of droplets on the eye









This one I took as a typical entomology study book style shot



And this final shot was taken with two extension tubes (can't remember which ones)

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Gorgeous shots...Such beautiful color and fine detail!
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The little thing has found the mother lode
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Default Re: Once again, I am the Honey Provider :D - A very happy insect.

Beautiful captures Ian, i like the idea of capturing it in a glass first. I must look into some extension tubes as this is the kind of detail i'd love to get. I have a 2.8L macro, so what would your recommendations on tubes be.
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Default Re: Once again, I am the Honey Provider :D - A very happy insect.

great set ian.
nice detail
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Thank you all for your kind comments .

Mat, I use Kenko Extension tubes. They have the electrical contacts to permit auto-focus if needed and also fit very well. You can get really cheap tubes but often don't have the contacts, sometimes you have to force your aperture into a specific setting before using and often they fit badly letting light leak in or even pulling causing the camera to error.

The only shot I used the tubes on is that very last one and it wasn't at full mag. I could have gone closer
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Ian, these are so good they look like detailed drawings.
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Default Re: Once again, I am the Honey Provider :D - A very happy insect.

Thanks for the info Ian. Kenko tubes it is then.That last pic is a ripper.
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Cheers Rick

Good stuff Mat. Thanks again.
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Great images! Could it fly away after finishing the feast?
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Wonderful series Ian
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Wonderful captures Ian.
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Cheers guys. Yes it was quite ok to fly . Perhaps a little slower hehe
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Amazing shots, the detail of the eye in the last one is awesome.
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Thanks Mr.Aros
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